I stayed at Hotel Astor for a few days in mid-June on my way to Crete. The location was spectacular--the front door was about 400 meters from the entrance to the Larissa metro station, which is only a couple of stops away from all of the main sites. There was also a Carrefour right next to the metro station, which made shopping easy. Some people in other review have described the neighborhood as 'dodgy', but I didn't feel at all unsafe. I probably wouldn't have walked down the quiet side streets alone at night, but I wouldn't do that in most foreign cities.
The rooms were very clean and decorated simply, but tastefully. There are all equipped with mini-refridgerators and split units (A/Cs), and there is a free DSL connection. The beds are standard for Europe--not particularly comfortable.
The people who worked at the front desk were very kind, but most of them (except for one woman) were not particularly helpful with questions about the city or the surrounding areas.More
- Free Wifi
- Room service